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The Price Is Right

Paying for stuff in 1974 and today.

     
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Subscription to Willamette Week mailed to your doorstep
Then:
$8 a year
Now: $100 a year

Portland Opera tickets
Then:
$5-$12
Now: $20-$135

OMSI admission (adult)
Then:
$1.50
Now: $11+

Timbers tickets
Then:
$1 to $5, for the original North American Soccer League squad.
Now: $11 to $29 for today’s United Soccer League team.

Reuben sandwich
Then:
$1.95 at Goose Hollow Inn, $3.20 at Rose’s
Now: $8.75 at Goose Hollow Inn, $11.29 at Rose’s

Brunch at the Benson Hotel
Then:
$5.25
Now: $35

Fifth of Baron Rothschild Vodka (produced by Hood River Distillery)
Then:
$4.20
Now: $7.20

Pair of Nike athletic shoes (men’s)
Then:
$24.95
Now: $52-$120

Pair of Florsheims
Then:
$43.95
Now: $110 (at Oddball Shoes)

Gallon of gasoline
Then:
61 cents (the high for July 1975)
Now: $2.85

One hour at a downtown parking meter
Then: 25 cents
Now: $1.60

TriMet ticket
Then:
35 cents
Now: $2, for adult two-zone ticket

Eight-track player with speakers
Then:
$159.96
Now: $39.99 (on eBay)
Basic calculator
Then:
$225
Now: $9.39 (at Target)
Three-bedroom house in Laurelhurst
Then:
$37,500
Now: $445,450 (median price)

 
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